Source Pravda.Ru

US troops were close to Zarqawi, but he escaped again

American troops nearly captured wanted terrorist &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/mailbox/22/101/397/14271_bush.html ' target=_blank>Abu Musab al-Zarqawi earlier this year in Iraq, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

"We were close," Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon.

Myers said he couldn't elaborate because it would be "unhelpful" to divulge operation details. He did say the intelligence in Iraq is "getting better."

Earlier in the day, Pentagon officials said troops apparently just missed getting al-Zarqawi but did net what they called a "trusted lieutenant" of &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/accidents/2001/09/12/14910.html ' target=_blank>Osama bin Laden.